Dancing away at a previous Carnevale Italiano in New Italy.
Dancing away at a previous Carnevale Italiano in New Italy. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Top ten things to do this week

1. Carnevale Italiano 2016: A fun-filled day for the whole family to be immersed in Italian culture whilst celebrating and remembering the journey undertaken by 50 Italian families in 1885, searching for paradise on the other side of the world. Performances by Robert Severini, Simone Nicole, Art Phillips and Val Wills, among others. This Sunday from 9.30am at New Italy, Pacific Highway. $8.

2. My House: DJs Tobin Saunders and Augustine Platypus join Stephen Allkins for a dance day party of funk, soul, disco and more. All proceeds will go to Tweed LGTBI Youth group All Sorts. At the Mullumbimby Leagues Club, 25 Manns Rd, Mullumbimby, this Saturday from 3pm to 11pm. $25.

3. Lismore Speedway: The Wingless Sprints will headline the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway at the Lismore showground Saturday night. There is another meeting next weekend before the two-night season final on April 23-24. Gates open 3pm, racing from 6pm.

4. Spear film screening: Choreographer Stephen Page brings Bangarra Dance Theatre's outstanding dance work Spear to the screen. Page weaves story through dance to deliver an extraordinary cinematic experience in his feature film debut. Using gesture and dance, with minimal dialogue, Spear follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the outback to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, this Sunday at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. $15.

5. Montaigne: In The Dark is Montaigne's latest single - a haunting, weird, creative and daring song that has raised eyebrows and got many music fans talking. Sydney-based Jessica Cerro was a Triple J Unearthed High finalist in 2012 with her indie pop song Anyone But Me, but decided to finish her secondary studies. In late 2013, Jessica decided to adopt the moniker Montaigne, inspired by the 16th century philosopher and essayist. Life of Montaigne is her first EP, released last year. Hear Montaigne at the Byron Theatre on Sunday, from 7pm. $30.

6. Elixir: The circus is coming to town and it brings a hilarious tale about the Elixir of Life. Contemporary circus artists Head First Acrobats are bringing back their award-winning sexy show Elixir to the Byron Theatre. Elixir is circus like you have never seen before, uninhibited by cliche or expectation, and is subversive and hilarious. Acrobats fly 5m into the air on a teeterboard, spin upside down on the mesmerising roue cyr wheel, perform incredible one-arm handstands on wobbling canes, and balance on nothing but their heads on a swinging trapeze. The story follows three bumbling (albeit handsome) scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life. At the Byron Theatre on Friday, April 15 from 8.30pm. Cost $25.

7. Tweed Battle of the Bands: Founded 2011, Tweed Battle of the Bands provides opportunities for young emerging bands an opportunity to grow an audience, enhance performance skills as well as a safe place for young people to enjoy music. Tweed Battle of the Bands is an initiative of Safer Communities Alliance supported by Tweed Shire Council. A drug and alcohol-free event. Heat 1 at The Lake Cabarita Beach on Sunday, April 10. Heat 2 at the Murwillumbah HS Elliott Centre on Monday, April 11, with the final at Kingscliff TAFE on April 22. For details visit their Facebook page.

8. Art In The Pub with Kirsten Coelho: Tweed Regional Gallery, Byron School of Art & C.A.S.E. Inc present Art in the Pub with Kirsten Coelho. Coelho works in porcelain creating works that attempt to fuse the formal and the abstract. Come along and enjoy Coelho discussing her work and process. At the Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby, on Monday, April 11, from 6.30pm.

9. Spirit Festival: The Byron Spirit Festival features workshops and performances in yoga, music, dance and healing. Participants attend workshops during the day and evening concerts featuring world and uplifting music from local, national and international bands. The event does not serve alcohol and is family friendly so is available to everyone. At a number of locations in Mullumbimby from Friday, April 15. For details visit spiritfestival.com.au.

10. Thomas Murray & The Upside Down River: Invoking the expansive, beauty of rural Australia, Reg Cribb's new play is about a man ravaged by drought, family secrets and love. A Stone Soup Theatre and Critical Stages production. Presented by SCU and NORPA. From Friday, April 15 at Lismore City Hall. For details visit norpa.org.au.

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